Waxing Gibbous and Software Updates - Discover Tranquil-I.T.
Updated: Oct 13, 2021
I woke up abnormally early this morning. No particular reason, I think. The body just decided that it was time to get the day started. Here's the strange part… I went outside to get the paper. We haven't received the paper since the dawn of the Internet. A few steps out the door, I caught myself. "What am I doing?" I thought. Then I looked up. A big waxing gibbous moon floated in the crystal clear sky. And I felt the cool air creating goosebumps on my skin…
Ah… it's fall. Cool mornings. Hot coffee. College football. Best season of the year.
(quick pause for a sip of coffee… please feel free to take one too) :-)
While we sit here and enjoy the first days of fall, let's talk about one of the most exciting topics in IT management - software updates! OK, that's a little sarcasm. There is very little that's exciting about software updates. In reality, software updates are one the most mind-numbing and soul-crushing tasks assigned to junior IT professionals. Even when automated, this job can involve hours upon hours of watching progress bars, eating M&M's and drinking Diet Coke. Some IT professionals will tell their colleagues that they are unemployed rather than admit they are responsible for software updates. It can be that bad.
So why do it? Well… have you heard of this thing called ransomware? Oh, you haven't? Let me explain…
Out there, on the Internet, there exists a group of people that refer to themselves as "hackers." The primary purpose of hackers is to make everyone else's life miserable. They do this by searching for vulnerable software on your computer, creating apps that exploit the vulnerabilities, and taking control of your computer. From this point, they make all kinds of ugliness. Identity theft, ransomware, botnet attacks - you name it, they've done it.
Because of the threat from hackers, all major software companies continuously review their software for vulnerabilities. When they find one, the company issues a "patch." The patch is an update to their software that removes the vulnerability. One of the best defenses against hackers is to remove vulnerabilities from your computer. If you regularly apply software updates, you've taken a big step toward keeping your system safe from hackers.
If you are a small to medium-sized organization with many computers to update, we recommend that you engage a technology consultant to ensure your computers are adequately protected. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CMA Technology at 706-860-1997. We will be happy to review your current environment and make sure your business is protected!